Fox News host Tucker Carlson also complained about the left calling out racism
Salon reports that Fox News is calling COVID-19 ‘The Chinese Coronavirus‘ during a time when Asians are being racially attacked.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who referred to the virus as the Chinese Coronavirus also complained about the left saying “it’s racist” to “blame China” for the disease.
“The Chinese coronavirus is a major event,” said Carlson. “It will affect your life. And by the way, it’s definitely not just the flu. In a typical year, the flu in this country has a mortality rate of about one in a thousand. The overall death rate for this virus, by contrast, is as high as 3.4 percent. That’s 34 times deadlier.”
Carlson also attacked the right in their efforts to downplay the virus. “If we’re being honest, people on the other side have not been so helpful either,” said Carlson. “People who you trust — people you probably voted for — have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem. It’s just partisan politics, they say. Calm down. In the end this is just like the flu, and people die from that every year. Coronavirus will pass, and when it does, we will feel foolish for worrying about it. That’s their position.”
Incidents from around the world have shown Asians as victims of Coronavirus-related attacks. In New York, an Asian man was sprayed with a bottle of cleaning product on the subway.
The issue of Coronavirus-related racism has become so severe that Asian American lawmakers have even taken the issue to Congress.
Asian Americans themselves are even stocking up on guns due to Coronavirus backlash fears.
Meanwhile in London, a Singaporean student was beaten up on the street by attackers who said, “I don’t want your Coronavirus in my country.”
Most recently, a Vietnamese curator was barred from a London art event due to “Coronavirus anxiety.”
Tucker Carlson pushing back against coronavirus coverage from those who "have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem."
"'It's just partisan politics,' they say. 'Calm down. In the end this is just like the flu.'
Carlson: "It's definitely not just the flu" pic.twitter.com/h7N20Pi2Bd
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 10, 2020